Special Programs

Gifted Programming and Services: K-12

Gifted Intervention Specialists:

Gifted Coordinator:  Carrie Wood
Email:  cwood@bucyrusschools.org
Phone:  419-562-4045 ext. 3244

Bucyrus City Schools is committed to providing a continuum of K-12services that address the diverse abilities and needs of our giftedstudents through instructional lessons that are designed to placeemphasis on critical and higher level thinking skills as well ascreative problem solving.

"GIFTED" MEANS STUDENTS WHO PERFORM OR SHOW POTENTIAL FORPERFORMING AT REMARKABLY HIGH LEVELS OF ACCOMPLISHMENT WHEN COMPARED TOOTHERS OF THEIR AGE, EXPERIENCE, OR ENVIRONMENT AND WHO ARE IDENTIFIEDUNDER DIVISION (A), (B), (C), OR (D) OF SECTION 3324.03 OF THE REVISEDCODE. (Ohio Revised Code 3324.01-.07)

Students are identified as gifted according to Ohio Revised Code 3324.01-07 and Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15. 

District service options are varied. At grades 2-5 a GiftedIntervention Specialist works with the regular education instructor in aco-teaching situation which may also include pullout services. Students identified in grades 1 – 5 are also cluster grouped.  Inaddition, Gifted Coordinators work with regular classroom teachers todevelop instructional strategies appropriate for gifted learners. Academic acceleration and early kindergarten enrollment are additionalservice options.

Gifted services are offered at the secondary building in the form of"honors" classes for middle school students.  Honors classes are offeredin grades 6-8 in the academic areas of reading, mathematics, science,and social studies.  Students continue to learn the appropriate gradelevel Ohio Content Standards, but to a much greater depth andunderstanding.  Eighth grade students have the option of advancedplacement; enrolling in appropriate high school level courses andreceiving high school credits.

Bucyrus High School students have even greater opportunitiesavailable to them.  Students may enroll in post secondary enrollmentoption (PSEO) or dual enrollment courses.   Bucyrus High School partnerswith Marion Tech and North Central State College (NCSC) to offercourses where students can earn college credit.  Students enrolled inthe AP calculus course have the opportunity to participate in taking theAP test in the spring for the possibility of earning college credit.

Bucyrus City Schools K-12 gifted programs build on developing depthto the curriculum and higher level critical thinking and problem solvingskills.  We are pleased to offer these services and are committed toproviding excellence in teaching and learning.

Link:
Ohio Department of Education - Gifted Education

English as a Second Language (ESL) Services: K-12

Instructor:  Mr. Matthew Henderson
Email:  mhenderson@bucyrusschools.org
Phone:  419-562-4045

Bucyrus City Schools provides English as a Second Language (ESL)instruction to those students in grades K-12 whose native or homelanguage is other than English and who exhibit limited Englishproficiency.  Students enrolled in the Bucyrus ESL program receiveone-to-one and small group instruction.

Lessons focus on specific language acquisition skills that helpstudents participate in U.S. society and attain English proficiency at alevel that ensures achievement of the State's academic standards.

The goal of the Bucyrus ESL program is to provide naturally occurringlanguage experiences that focus on what the students communicate ratherthan on how they communicate.  Learning situations are designed to buildcultural knowledge and to foster relationships between the ESL studentsand their peers and teachers.

Regular education teachers are offered professional developmentopportunities that increase knowledge of instruction in second languageacquisition and awareness of culture.  Teachers attend state level ESLconferences and visit the Columbus Japanese Language School in order toincrease skills that will better enable them to meet the needs of ourESL students.


Link:
Ohio Department of Education - Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students